Tag: science fiction

The Stars My Destination

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Book Club – February 6, 2011


A little late for me to be writing a review, and I can’t guarantee I’ll remember everything either, but since this is just a general response that should be okay.  This year I decided to join in a book club some of my friends were having, not only to read more varied books, but also to meet people and gain some new friends.  The Stars My Destination was the first book I read to participate in the book club.

I found the story intriguing, and was quite curious throughout my reading to find out what would happen next, and what the setting would be. A large part of what kept me involved in the story were the descriptions of the places and the way in which the story was told.  In general I’m not a big science fiction fan, I often find strictly science fiction books hard to keep up with because I don’t have the right mindset to understand the science involved (whether or not it’s real science), so I often lose the story in the more technical aspects.  Bester told the story with a great descriptive quality, which allowed me to enjoy it without getting lost in the science.

This was key for me, because I didn’t really like many of the characters.  The main character, Gully Foyle, I didn’t care much about one way or the other.  The female characters I thought were interesting, but possibly only because  I could relate to them a bit more, being a female myself.  My favorite character in the book, you could technically say was not a character at all.  Fourmyle of Ceres was fun and extremely over the top, bringing in a fantastical element that I really enjoyed.  Although I didn’t care much about most of the characters, they were still well written and able to present the story that was being told.

Overall this was an interesting book, and one that I’m glad to have read.   I would happily recommend it to anyone who enjoys science fiction, and maybe even those who aren’t so sure about it.


Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn

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Sharon Shinn

Just got done reading Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn. It’s  retelling of Jane Eyre, only in space.  For me it was inevitable to draw the comparisons between this and Jane Eyre, as Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books.  I feel that may have detracted a little bit of my enjoyment, but simply because I love the original so much.  If you don’t like Jane Eyre because of the language and the sheer volume of detail it goes into, and you do like sci-fi, I say give this one a chance.  It shortens a lot of the beginning of Jane Eyre, condensing the story without really losing any of it, although some of those are my favorite parts from Jane Eyre.

Jenna Starborn captures the whole essence of Jane Eyre, only in a completely different setting and society.  I guess, at it’s core this story is a romance and that part carries through in Jenna Starborn.  I started reading the book a couple of nights ago, but was barely 50 pages in when I finished it tonight.  Shinn is a wonderful storyteller and she captured these characters and yet made them  her own at the same time.  I got caught up in the story, even though I already knew what was going to happen since I have read Jane Eyre so many times.  I was still able to lose myself in this book and I knew I had to finish it tonight.  And what a great way to spend my night!  I love to read, and while a lot of people might balk at the idea of reading on a Friday night, I found it quite enjoyable.  Curled up on my couch with iTunes playing.  It was great.

I recommend this book, even if you don’t like the original Jane Eyre, you should still give a try.  You may just like this version.